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Thanks largely to the presence of blowhard-par-excellence Denis Leary, who could be neither self-pitying nor unambiguously heroic if his life or his pack of cigarettes depended on it, it's one of the best series of the year.
It's as funny in some places as it is raw and touching in others.
In marrying fictional drama with a real tragedy, the series about New York City firefighters challenges the audience as no new series will do this fall. Viewers willing to go along for the ride will find a pertinent, adult story that shuns cliches.
Though it's hardly can't-miss television, there's plenty to recommend, not least of which is Leary, whose bitter humor forms the dark heart of each episode.
Complexity of the various characters, rather than their likability, gives them considerable appeal.
Anyone who still thinks of Leary as a stand-up comic who acts will soon realize that he should now be classified simply as an actor -- a very good one.
Denis Leary, with his rat-a-tat delivery and Irish wise-guy persona, has too often jabbed right up to the line of self-parody. With Rescue Me, he redeems himself by doing what we always suspected he could do: really act.
The weekly scripts incorporate a perfect mix of human emotion and frat house comedy, and Leary does a stand-out job on both sides of the acting spectrum.
Rescue Me redeems itself with rough firehouse humor and a realistic depiction of the emergencies faced by the crew.
With its dark, scabrous wit and hand-held camerawork, Rescue Me recalls that gem of a cop show Homicide: Life on the Street.
Audience Reviews for Rescue Me: Season 1
Jun 25, 2020Season 1 lays the foundation for one of the best television programs over the past few decades. Real, gritty, with some outrageously funny moments, Denis Leary leads a sparkling cast through a blend of serious situations with just enough comedy to give it some honest flavor. Leary proves here he is a true actor, not just a comic who acts.
Jan 17, 2020It passes the time but this show is the DEFINITION of toxic white males. All of the main characters are majorly homophobic, sexist, racist, hypocritical, mentally and emotionally abusive, sometimes physically abusive. Like seriously everything that is wrong with the human race has been put into these characters. And they try to cover it up by them being "heroes" because they saved people in 9/11. So, great firefighters but terrible human beings. I wouldn't want any of these people in my life in real life. Terrible characters and just when you think there's going to be character development, WRONG.